Ex-Premier League manager Ian Holloway believes “It’s important that you deal with the truth” about the Jack Grealish and Jordan Ayew situations at Aston Villa and Swansea City.

Tottenham Hotspur made an offer of £25million, but Aston Villa join-chairman Nassef Sawiris has told Grealish he is staying put in this window, even though Jack Grealish made it clear he wanted to depart the club.

Likewise, Crystal Palace completed the deadline day signing of Ghana international Jordan Ayew on a season-long loan from Swansea City.

Jordan Ayew refused to train with the Swansea City first team last week as he forced his move away from the Championship club, but how do clubs and manager react to these situations?

Ex-Premier League manager Ian Holloway said this about the Jack Grealish and Jordan Ayew situations at Aston Villa and Swansea City: “It’s important that you deal with the truth and only the truth. I had it with Charlie Adam and Matt Phillips when I was at Blackpool. At the end of the day you have to be as honest as you can, tell them where the club stands and where you stand as a manager and they have to deal with it. Unfortunately, these days, their agents talk to the other clubs and then come back and tell them what they are saying, it shouldn’t happen but it does.”

“Someone who’s not going to train, by boys did train, I tried to make them feel bad about it and I had to tell them how they were letting the other lads down, what were they going to say to them? Neither of them ended up leaving at that time, Charlie wanted to go to Liverpool. He was promised he could leave for a top six club and at the time Liverpool weren’t a top six club so my chairman said no you’re not going! In the end he did go where he wanted to anyway and signed for Liverpool that summer instead.”

Watch Holloway’s analysis on the EFL Highlights Show on Quest every Saturday at 9pm. Also available live and on demand at questod.co.uk and via the QuestOD app.


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